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Australia’s millionaire boom

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 16, 2014

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Does it surprise you to hear Australia has more than 1.2 million millionaires? If it does, just think about how much we invest in housing.

Australia also has the highest median wealth in the world, with household wealth growing at an average annual pace of 11 per cent, according to a new Global Wealth Report by Credit Suisse.

The fifth annual study by the Swiss bank of global wealth trends found the median Australian adult was worth more than $US225,000 ($258,000) in June, well ahead of the second wealthiest population on this measure, the ­Belgians, at $US173,000. They were followed by the Italians, French and British, all at around $US110,000.

There are a couple of reasons for this, but one of them is the composition of household wealth in Australia – it is heavily skewed towards “real assets” such as homes and apartments. Read the rest of this entry »

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INDEPENDENCE FEVER SPREADS TO SPAIN

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 16, 2014

Spain’s central government has already said it will challenge Catalan law in constitutional court.

By Ashifa Kassam

Spain Catalonia IndependenceAs the campaign for Scottish independence enters its final week,Catalonia is launching the next phase in its attempt to break away fromSpain. On Monday, the regional parliament began laying the groundwork to pass a law allowing a referendum on 9 November.

The Catalan leader Artur Mas told the Catalan parliament that the law would pave the way for the region to call non-binding consultations. “This would mean that Spain would effectively bury the ‘old Spain’ and rediscover that it is a country made up of several nations,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakistan nabs militants linked to attack on Malala

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 13, 2014

malala-yousafzaiISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s army said Friday that it has arrested 10 militants suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who won world acclaim after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating gender equality and education for women.

Army spokesman Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa said the detained men attacked Yousafzai, then 15, on orders from Mullah Fazlullah, the head of the Pakistani Taliban. The army is currently waging a major offensive against the extremist group in North Waziristan, a tribal region along the border with Afghanistan that has long been a militant stronghold. Read the rest of this entry »

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“११ ए स्टार” सहितको अभूतपूर्व कीर्तिमान नेपाली छात्रा स्वेच्छाद्धारा

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 30, 2014

बेलायतमा “११ ए स्टार” सहितको अभूतपूर्व ऐतिहासिक कीर्तिमान नेपाली छात्रा स्वेच्छा बास्तोलाद्धारा 

swecchhaरेडिङ्ग । रेडिङ्गमा स्थायी बसोबास गर्ने रमेश वास्तोलाकी सुपुत्री वर्ष १६ की स्वेच्छा वास्तोलाले रेडिङ्गस्थित प्रस्पेक्ट स्कूलमा जीसीएससीमा ११ ए स्टार ल्याएर सो स्कूलमा एक नयाँ कीर्तिमान बनाएकी छिन् । पोखराको फूलबारीबाट स्वेच्छा २००४ मा बेलायतमा बाबाआमासँग रहन आएकी थिईन् । चार÷पाँच वर्षकी उमेरमा बेलायतमा आएकी स्वेच्छा सानैदेखि पढाइमा साह्रै नै तेज थिईन् । रुचिला बास्तोलाको साथमा रमेश बास्तोलाले राम्रो पारिवारिक शिक्षा तथा हेरचाह दिएकाले नै स्वेच्छालाई पढाइमा राम्ररी ध्यान दिन सजिलो भएको स्वेच्छा मान्दछिन् । Read the rest of this entry »

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Mr and Miss Nepal Australia 2014 go to Anupam Kiran and Aarzoo Karki

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 20, 2014

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19th July, 2014 Sydney, Deepashree Shah: Anupam Kiran from Melbourne and Aarzoo Karki from the host city Sydney bagged Mr and Miss Nepal Australia 2014. United Nepalese Arts and Entertainment (UNAE), an organisation based in Sydney has been organising many events for the past 4 years and its one of the popular events is Mr and Miss Nepal Australia, a beauty pageant where they hunt youth talent and nurture them to:  Read the rest of this entry »

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US: Why the Minimum Wage Should Really Be Raised to $15 an Hour

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 9, 2014

By Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley; author, ‘Beyond Outrage’

An American earning half of an Aussie’s income. 

All are equal, but some are more equal.

ROBERT B. REICH’s film “Inequality for All” is now available on DVD and blu-ray, and on Netflix Instant Watch. Watch the trailer below:

Momentum is building to raise the minimum wage. Several states have already taken action — Connecticut has boosted it to $10.10 by 2017, the Maryland legislature just approved a similar measure, Minnesota lawmakers just reached a deal to hike it to $9.50. A few cities have been more ambitious — Washington, D.C. and its surrounding counties raised it to $11.50, Seattle is considering $15.00

Senate Democrats will soon introduce legislation raising it nationally to $10.10, from the current $7.25 an hour.

All this is fine as far as it goes. But we need to be more ambitious. We should be raising the federal minimum to $15 an hour. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal envoy promotes Himalayan attractions

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 4, 2014

TOP ACHIEVER: Nepalese Ambassador Udaya Raj Pandey presents a memento to Prince Bandar bin Khalid bin Fahd in Riyadh. (AN photo)

TOP ACHIEVER: Nepalese Ambassador Udaya Raj Pandey presents a memento to Prince Bandar bin Khalid bin Fahd in Riyadh. (AN photo)

The Embassy of Nepal felicitated Prince Bandar bin Khalid bin Fahd at a function held in Riyadh recently and took the opportunity to promote tourism in the Himalayan Kingdom.

Prince Bandar, who scaled Mt. Everest on May 19, 2012, praised the natural beauty of Nepal and thanked the people of Nepal for making his mountaineering experience successful. He screened a video of his climbing Mt. Everest and explained how he succeeded in climbing the highest mountain in the world within a short span of time. Read the rest of this entry »

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14-Year-Old Could Save Government Nearly $400 Million Dollars (Videos)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 2, 2014

By  | The Good News

It took a ninth-grader to come up with a simple solution that could save the U.S government $400 million annually, and it all revolves around the type of font used on paperwork.

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Suvir Mirchandani, a 14-year-old who lives just outside of Pittsburgh, began researching the general cost of ink and printing when as part of a science project he was in the sixth grade at Dorseyville Middle School, and determined that his local school system could save $21,000 a year if it switched from a font like Times New Roman to one with narrower strokes like Garamond.

He used a computer software program to calculate the difference, and published his results in the Journal of Emerging Investigators. Shortly thereafter, he was asked by the Journal to calculate potential savings if the federal government similarly switched fonts.

That total came to about $370 million. Read the rest of this entry »

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​Debtor nation: Americans pay interest on $163 billion held by top tech firms overseas

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 15, 2014

Reuters/Lee Jae-Won:

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United States taxpayers make large interest payments to the top four technology firms for the $163 billion in US government debt the companies own and shelter in tax-free offshore accounts.

United States taxpayers make large interest payments to the top four technology firms for the $163 billion in US government debt the companies own and shelter in tax-free offshore accounts.

Apple, Cisco Systems, Google, and Microsoft legally hold $124 billion in US Treasury securities and $39 billion in US government agency debt in accounts overseas, allowing them to avoid the 35 percent (maximum) corporate tax rate in the United States, according to Securities & Exchange Commission reports.

Together, the companies would be the 14th biggest overseas holder of Treasury securities, just ahead of countries like Norway, Singapore, and India. Read the rest of this entry »

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​Over 5,000 Kalashnikovs, other guns stolen from Ukrainian military bases – report

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 15, 2014

Reuters / Eduard Kornienko:

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Fears of possible armed assaults and provocation in Ukraine and neighboring countries are on the rise after yet another report that rocket grenade launchers, firearms and munitions have been stolen from a military warehouse in western Ukraine.

A source in the Ukrainian Interior Ministry told RIA Novosti that the coup appointed Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has recently been notified that a large cache of guns and ammunition was missing from one of the military warehouses.

“Reports to Avakov indicate that over 5,000 Kalashnikov rifles, 2,741 Makarov handguns, 123 light machineguns and 12 Shmel rocket launchers were stolen from the Interior Troops’ depots in the Lvov Region in late February,” the source said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ukraine’s president, opposition agree to a truce

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 20, 2014

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and opposition leaders agreed to a truce following a meeting which focused on how to end the crisis in Ukraine peacefully, the president’s press office confirmed.

“Following the meeting, the parties announced: 1. Truce 2. The start of negotiations to end the bloodshed, to stabilize the situation in the country, for the sake of civil peace,” the press office stated.

The president met with the leader of the nationalist Svoboda opposition party, Oleg Tyagnibok, Batkivshchyna opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and UDAR party leader Vitaly Klitschko. Read the rest of this entry »

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Joshi awarded as a Young Researcher on Sexuality

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 1, 2013

Receiving Award

 Mr. Suresh Joshi was awarded as a Young Researcher on Sexuality for the 21st World Congress for Sexual Health of World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). The award was decided based on the research abstract and application submitted to the scientific committee of this conference organiser. The accepted abstract is about the Nepalese migrant’s sexual health issue, which though based on my Master’s degree thesis, is also related to his current PhD research. The title of the research abstract is: “HIV/AIDS KNOWLEDGE AND RISK PERCEPTIONS AMONG NEPALESE MIGRANT WORKERS IN GULF COUNTRIES” Read the rest of this entry »

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This Is How Much Time America Spends On Porn (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 1, 2013

We now know Alaskans love a good view (no, not of Russia). California is all about staying young. Connecticut embraces motherhood. And education always comes first in the state of Illinois.

These aren’t tourism highlights, but top search terms for each state put out by the adult website, Pornhub.

The winner for longest average duration spent on the porn site? It’s the state with the most letters, M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I. The shortest? Rhode Island.

Take a look below at the most-searched pornography terms, by region, and the per-state breakdown of average time spent on the site. This data is sure to shock and awe you.

Infographic by Jan Diehm for The Huffington Post.

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Eugenie De Silva, 14-Year-Old College Graduate, To Start Master’s Program At Harvard In The Fall

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 13, 2013

Eugenie de Silva may be only 14 years old, but she already has very specific career aspirations.

“It is my ultimate goal to become the U.S. Defense Secretary,” de Silva, who lives in Harrogate, Tenn., told the Middlesboro Daily News earlier this year.

Though her dream job may sound mighty ambitious for a girl so young, de Silva has proved time and again that she’s anything but a typical teen.

A child prodigy, de Silva graduated from high school at the age of 11. This summer, she became a college grad. As the Daily News notes, the talented teen graduated summa cum laude from American Military University with a bachelor’s degree in intelligence analysis and a 4.0 GPA. She has also published two children’s books and authored several research papers on a wide range of topics including physics, behavioral sciences and psychology.

Starting in the fall, the extraordinary young woman will continue to impress the world with her academic prowess as she begins her simultaneous pursuit of two master’s degrees at two separate universities — one in legal studies at Harvard University and the other in intelligence analysis at American Military University.

“It’s always been my dream to attend Harvard so when I got there, it was really magnificent for me,” she told a local media channel earlier this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Meet Fuji, The 3-Year-Old Photographer Who Will Steal Your Heart (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 30, 2013

Nigerian photographer Onafujiri “Fuji” Remet made a name for himself earlier this summer when his work was showcased in a Lagos exhibition.

Aside from his curious eye and ability to capture the color and motion of Nigerian street life, Remet received attention for his miniature stature — he is three years old after all.

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Yes, you read that right. Little Fuji learned to man a Sony SLR before most of us could spell our names. His photos capture everything from street vendors to family portraits, from an unusually pint-sized vantage point.

Fuji’s early initiation to the art world can be attributed to his creative family. His father and two older sisters are artists as well. At present, the ambitious young photographer has 3,000 images to his name, according to Visual News. Not bad for a toddler, but Remet’s father has even bigger hopes for his budding child prodigy.

“I hope he grows up to become a larger than life photographer, who’ll explore his natural platform to impact remarkably on the course of humanity,” he told CNN.

Although Fuji may be one of the youngest artists we’ve featured on The Huffington Post Arts&Culture page, he is certainly not the only youngun to explore his creative side. Six-year-old Shorya Mahanot shows a striking resemblance to a young Jackson Pollock while eleven-year-old Autumn de Forest works in a pop art state of mind. Read the rest of this entry »

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